It seems that we can’t peek at our favourite skincare blog without seeing the words micellar water popping up. We smile, we nod, and we read on just assuming that micellar water is another fancy ingredient used in skincare that has no doubt been derived from the fountain of youth itself.
Luckily for us mere skincare addiction mortals, micellar water is a lot more simple than it sounds, and it does wonders for your routine.
What is it?
Micellar water looks like plain water, but it actually contains teeny tiny “micelles”, which are tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules, that are suspended in soft water. Micelles are attracted to dirt and oil on our faces, resulting in the nasties being drawn out and washed away without damaging or drying out the skin.
Micellar Water has been around for a long time, and it is said that due to the hard water in France that women use it as an everyday necessity to cleanse and care for their faces. Nowdays, you can pick up micellar water from any beauty store across Hong Kong (Sasa, Bonjour, etc.) and we can bet your favourite budget brand has it in stock.
All you need is cotton pads and a bottle of the ole micellar.
How do I use it?
Micellar water is really a jack of all trades in skincare. The best part about micellar water is that it is used in place of a cleanser and water. So that even if you’re camping in the middle of nowhere and want to wash your face, all you need is cotton pads and your micellar water.
Back to basics: let’s have a quick review of how it can be used in your skincare routine.
1. In the morning/nighttime as a cleanser
Good morning, sunshine! If you don’t have time in the morning for a full cleanse because you’re running late/not a morning person/slept over at a friend’s house who doesn’t have water or a sink for some reason, then micellar is your friend. Grab a cotton pad and drizzle some of that micellar water on it. Wipe your face with the cotton, and your good to go (no need to rinse). Follow up with moisturiser if you have it handy.
2. To remove makeup
No sleeping in your makeup, skincare 101. For the lazy amongst us, keep a bottle of micellar water and some cotton next to your bed. When you absolutely cannot be bothered moving from your little cocoon, all you need to do is soak some cotton and hold it gently on your eyes to remove mascara and liner. As it also works as a cleanser, you’re doing all your skincare in one swoop.
3. To touch up your makeup
Heading out the door and suddenly realised you have a huge glob of mascara or liner at the corner of your eye? No stress, micellar is best! Grab your winning duo, the cotton and water, and use the water to clean up any makeup mess. Some makeup removers can leave your skin irritated or red, but the micellar water is brilliant at removing makeup with irritation (works for lipsticks, too!)
Amazing stuff! What products can you recommend?
Gee golly whiz, we are chuffed you asked.
$ Budget: Garnier Skin Micellar Water
Low cost, good for travel.
$$ Mid-range: Caudalie’s Micellar Water
By far one of our favourite spas and boutiques, you can never go wrong with the French based Caudalie. Check out their skincare packs, as you can get a micellar water along with other skincare products for a good price.
(Learn more about Caudalie here and discover why we love their facials)
$$$ Splurge: La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water
In the higher price bracket, La Mer is perfect for luxuriously treating yourself or someone else. Their cleanser is the fanciest (and highest priced) on the market for good reason.
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